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  • The Lightning, Flames, and Jets are the top 3 Stanley Cup Contenders at the quarter pole of the NHL season

The NHL season lasts nearly nine months, and each team’s odds to win the Stanley Cup ebb and flow dramatically throughout the season. All year long you can wager on Stanley Cup futures – or, “who is going to eventually win the Stanley Cup,” for those unfamiliar with the term “futures.”

And we’ve got great news: we have been tracking and will continue to track, all 31 NHL teams’ odds to win the Stanley Cup, all year long. The graphs you’ll see below were generated by calculating the average odds for each team from a variety of online sportsbooks.

National Hockey League

Top Contenders (February 15th, 2019)

Team Bovada Odds (02/14/2019)
Tampa Bay Lightning +280
Calgary Flames +650
Toronto Maple Leafs +650
San Jose Sharks +700
Winnipeg Jets +750

As much of the spotlight the Leafs occupy in hockey media, they definitely haven’t impressed as much as their Atlantic division rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa looks like they’ll almost certainly win the division, meaning they likely won’t have to play either Boston or Toronto (the likely #2 and #3 Atlantic Division teams) in the first round. Avoiding this meat grinder is doubtless a big boon to their cup hopes.

Tampa has overtaken Toronto as the odds-on favorite, with the Jets, Flames, and Sharks hot on their heels. These teams may not get as much fanfare by pundits, but make no mistake, they’re all grade A+ cup contenders. Keep an eye on the Jets in particular, as they’ll be even more

  • The Calgary Flames look unstoppable, with Mark Giordano looking like he’ll win his first Norris at 35 and the Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm trio ranking among the leagues best line. If they can continue to (somehow) squeeze passable goaltending out of their Rittich-Smith tandem, look out
  • After the acquisition of Erik Karlsson only a few weeks before the season, San Jose’s cup odds have dramatically shortened across online sportsbooks. They’ve got a (somewhat) undeserved reputation for being playoff chokers, and they’ll look to rectify that this coming post-season. If they nab a big name at the trade deadline, they’re going to ascend to another plane.
  • The Jets, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, represent Canada’s best hope for a cup in 2019. They’ve got an army of good players. Jets hopeful need to keep their fingers crossed that Patrik Laine ditches Fortnight and learns to play hockey again.
  • The Predators aren’t getting a lot of love, but there’s no question that on paper, they’re well-set for another deep run in the playoffs. To be frank, the Predators have no discernable weaknesses on their roster, in any position. If they stay healthy, play to their potential, and don’t have any meltdowns in net like they did last spring, its difficult to imagine this team is going to fall short of a Stanley Cup berth, at the bare minimum.

Teams Searching for Their First Cup

Here’s a list of the NHL teams without an etching on the Stanley Cup:

Team Years in the NHL Cup Final Appearances Closest They’ve Come
Vancouver Canucks 48 3 Game 7 Cup Final losses in both 2011 and 1994. No one in Vancouver will ever forget LaFayette’s post or the ensuing riots.
Buffalo Sabres 48 2 Game 6 in 1999. Losing in overtime, no thanks to Brett Hull’s foot in the crease.
San Jose Sharks 27 1 Game 6 in 2016. They’ve never been able to shed their label as chokers.
Nashville Predators 20 1 Game 6 in 2017. Nashville fans still rue the bad call on Sissons’ go-ahead goal.
Ottawa Senators 26 1 Game 5 in 2007. A heartbreaking series for that culminated in the infamous Emery-Phillips mixup. 
Vegas Golden Knights 1 1 Game 5 in 2018. Luca Sbisa hands the game to Lars Eller to end the Knights historic run.
St. Louis Blues 52 3 The St. Louis Blues got swept in the finals in three consecutive years, in 1968, 1969, and 1970.
Florida Panthers 25 1 Swept by Colorado in 1996, despite the year of the rat.
Arizona Coyotes 22 0 Lost in 5 games to the LA Kings in 2012. Dustin Brown isn’t admired by Glendale faithful.
Winnipeg Jets 24 (1979-1996, 2011-2018) 0 Defeated by the LA Kings in 5 games in 2018. Canada’s best hope was no match for Ryan Reaves’ heroics.
Minnesota Wild 18 0 Swept in the 2003 Conference Finals. Despite a disappointing playoff history, they did end Patrick Roy’s career in spectacular fashion.
Columbus Blue Jackets 18 0 The Jackets have only won 4 playoff games in their history, 2 in 2014 and 2 in 2018. They probably beat the Caps if not for Lars Eller’s shin, though.

Top Canadian Teams

No Canadian team has won since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, but 2019 looks like a promising year for the 26-year drought to come to an end. The Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Winnipeg Jets are all the real deal.

  • The Winnipeg Jets ran out of gas against the Vegas Knights in the conference finals this year, but they looked unbeatable for vast stretches of the 2018 postseason. With their young guns only trending upwards, we’d give Winnipeg the best chances of ending Canada’s 24-year cup drought.
  • Toronto isn’t a bad bet either, despite their incredibly short odds relative to the strength of their team. Their defense still needs to be improved, especially on the right side, but they’ve got the best collection of top-9 forwards in the league and Andersen has been nothing short of heroic. Will the addition of Jake Muzzin be enough? We’ll have to see.
  • Calgary looks great. Beating Nashville or Winnipeg will be tough, but they’re proving a lot of detractors wrong.
  • The Canucks Senators had much better starts than expected, but don’t expect them to contend for the cup this season.
  • The Canadiens look like they’ve got a legitimate shot at a wildcard spot. They’ve got an outside chance, but it’s not difficult to imagine them making some noise in the post-season this year.
  • The Edmonton Oilers look like they need some help. Ryan Strome for Ryan Spooner doesn’t constitute “help.” And guess what, neither does Alex Petrovic or Brandon Manning! They’ve got long-term goaltending issues, their defense isn’t good enough, and McDavid, RNH, and Draistail can’t score every goal for them. Don’t bet on Edmonton to break Canada’s cup drought. They’re a total disaster.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Montreal Canadiens 24 33 1993 1993
    Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
    Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006
    Calgary Flames 1 3 1989 2004
    Vancouver Canucks 0 2 N/A 2011

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

The Metropolitan Division boats two perennial powerhouses in the east, the Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The division boast 3 of the top 4 active playoff performers in the NHL in Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin. All three of them have Conn Smythe trophies, to boot.

  • The Penguins have struggled mightily, but they’ll make the playoffs. Matt Murray looks to be in top form again, and the Penguins can go toe to toe with any other Eastern Conference heavyweight. They’ve currently got the shortest average odds in their division.
  • Despite losing John Tavares in the offseason, the addition of coach Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello has imbued the franchise with some much needed organizational stability. They’ve been better than expected and will challenge for a wildcard spot this season. Robin Lehner has been phenomenal and is proving to be one the best and most heartwarming (not to mention underrated) narratives of the season.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Washington Capitals 1 2 2018 2018
    Pittsburgh Penguins 5 6 2017 2017
    New York Rangers 4 11 1994 2014
    New York Islanders 4 5 1983 1984
    New Jersey Devils 3 5 2003 2012

Atlantic Division

Outside of the Bruins, Lightning, Leafs, and the surprisingly Sabres, the Atlantic division is totally irrelevant in a discussion of potential Stanley Cup Favorites. The Panthers looked to be strong contenders for a playoff berth, but they’ve turned out to be an utter disaster, with several boat anchors playing big roles on their roster. Also, turns out relying on 41 year Roberto Luongo to stop the puck wasn’t such a good idea, after all.

  • The Sabres have seen their odds shorten in the early goings of the season, and many pundits predict them to be one of the most improved teams in the league this year. They’re looking like a possible playoff team, but not quite a cup contender.
Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
Boston Bruins 6 19 2011 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 2 2004 2015
Detroit Red Wings 11 24 2008 2009
Montreal Canadiens 24 33 1993 1993

 

Western Conference

Pacific Division

In the offseason, the Pacific Division didn’t project to be very strong in 2018-2019, with Vegas being the only expected Cup Contender. After the Sharks acquired Erik Karlsson, things changed quickly, and they became eminently relevant once again.

  • A team you can now safely ignore is the Edmonton Oilers. Going into the season, we thought it was unlikely that they’d be able to repeat such an epically disastrous flop of a season again in 2018-2019. It looks like we were wrong!
  • Once again, keep your eyes out for Calgary. They’re deep, and coalescing promisingly. Now that we’re past the all-star break, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recognize them to be a Western Conference powerhouse.
  • Vegas’ odds are around what they should be, that of a mid-tier contender. They’re still a good team, but bookmakers are clueing into the fact that they’re going to have a tough time repeating last year’s success. After a rough start to the season in the absence of Nate Schmidt, they look like they’ve righted the ship. A repeat Stanley Cup berth isn’t looking likely, but hey, betting Vegas’ roster has made a lot of people, us included, look foolish. Don’t count them out.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Anaheim Ducks 1 2 2007 2007
    LA Kings 2 3 2014 2014
    San Jose Sharks 0 1 N/A 2016
    Vegas Golden Knights 0 1 N/A 2018
    Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006

Central Division

The Central Division boasts some strong teams, headlined by powerhouses in Nashville and Winnipeg. Heading into the season, you’d think it was a shame only 5 teams from the Central could make the playoffs because all 8 of these teams look like they’ll have a legitimate shot to enter the postseason in 2018-2019. However, things haven’t gone as planned in the Central, and it looks like only Nashville, Winnipeg and Dallas have any semblance of a chance at the cup.

  • St. Louis looks, well, to be on the rebound. However, the Western Conference is so abysmal this season that St. Louis Blues are currently in a playoff spot. They’ve got a real shot to make the playoffs, despite being last in the Western Conference as recently as December.
     Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Chicago Blackhawks 6 13 2015 2015
    St. Louis Blues 0 3 N/A 1970
    Colorado Avalanche 2 2 2001 2001
    Dallas Stars 1 4 1999 2000
    Nashville Predators 0 1 N/A 2017

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